Baptism and Christenings

Baptism is the gift of our Lord Jesus Christ. When he had risen from the dead, he commanded his followers to go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

(A Prayer Book for Australia)

Baptism is the initiation of a new believer and is a community event of welcome. In the Anglican tradition baptism has two essential features. It always involves water, either poured on the head or by immersion of the believer, symbolising the washing away of sin and the past, and the taking on of a new life. The words invoking the Holy Trinity are used in fulfilment of our Lord’s command.

Baptism shows that it is by the death and resurrection of Jesus that a person receives new life in God.

Jesus began his preaching and healing ministry by being baptised in the River Jordan. The vast majority of followers over the two thousand years since then have begun their Christian lives with baptism.
In the Anglican church, many people are baptised when they are babies; however, when people convert to Christianity as adults, they can receive an adult baptism. It is a “once and for all” sacrament, it cannot be redone or undone.
At baptism, the symbols of water (cleansing), oil (setting apart) and the candle (to shine as a light in the world) are used.
Baptisms take place during worship at St John’s Sunday services.

 

Frequently asked questions

What is a godparent?

A godparent is someone who, with the parents, makes promises to support and encourage the person being baptised in the Christian faith. The godparent, along with the parents of a baby or child, also makes promises on behalf of their Godchild.

What promises do godparents make?

The godparent promises on behalf of the godchild to turn to Christ, to repent of their sins, to reject all that is false and unjust and renounce evil.

How many Godparents can we have?

There must be at least one godparent or sponsor. Three or four is the usual number.

Can I be baptised with my child?

Yes. Baptism of adults normally also includes confirmation. Please speak with Rev Stephen about this.

Is there a special requirement to be a godparent?

Godparents must be baptised.

If you would like to find out more about Baptism please make contact with us and we will make a time for one of our clergy to meet with you. At these occasions Baptism is explained in a friendly setting and application forms are given out and baptism dates can then be booked in. Please contact us on phone 08 8258 2496 Email stjohnsalisbury@bigpond.com or the contact form below.

 

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